Only 5.2 overs were bowled as Bad light got the better of play on day 3 of the opening Test of the two-match Test series here at Pindi Stadium, Rawalpindi on Friday. Sri Lanka in the second session only added 19 runs to the total. Their score reached to 282-6. The first session was delayed due to wet outfield because of overnight rain. Dhananjaya De Silva (87*) and Dilruwan Perera (6*) will resume the innings for the visitors on day 4, which might get hit of rain.
Meanwhile, fans had a little joy in the stands as number one batsman Babar Azam, openers Abid Ali and Imam-ul-Haq along with fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi were seen giving autographs and free tickets. The conditions have put a dampener on the long-awaited return to Test cricket in Pakistan, following the 2009 militant attack on Sri Lanka´s team bus that left eight people dead and several players and officials wounded.
But despite the poor weather, schoolchildren were thrilled when Pakistan players went to the fence to take selfies with them.
Young pacers Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah claimed two wickets and Mohammad Abbas and Shaheen Shinwari have one wicket each to their credit.
Hamad Ali, from Rawalpindi thanked the Sri Lankan team for touring Pakistan. It needed a big heart to come to a country where their team was attacked, Ali said. We must thank Sri Lanka and hope more teams will come to our country.
Gradual improvement in security allowed Pakistan to host limited over series between 2015-19 but foreign teams refused to play five-day games. The second Test starts in Karachi from December 19.